Malgarrin songs are usually sung by a mixed group of men and women, with clapstick accompaniment played by the (usually male) song-leader. The verses are made up of isorhythmic cyclically repeating text, and in alternate verses the clapstick accompaniment drops out for part of the verse. These songs are similar in musical structure to balga songs, a style that originates from the Kimberleys. In the past Murriny Patha people performed a number of different balga repertories.
We have not yet done much work on malgarrin songs, but in preliminary work we learned that several song texts include words in Jaminjung and other neighbouring languages.